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October 22, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • Retailers roll out holiday deals earlier than usual
    Retailers are rolling out aggressive holiday deals and promotions even earlier this year, in an effort to convince consumers to spend more than they did last year. The average shopper plans to only spend $9 more than the $740 they spent in 2011, according to a survey for NRF from BIGinsight. “For consumers, they’ve already figured it out. They know how much they want to spend, and they know how much they want to save,” said NRF spokeswoman Kathy Grannis. The Washington Post (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
 
  • Microsoft invests in retail training, new software displays
    Microsoft, which will open 34 pop-up stores this week to showcase its Surface tablet, is dictating how big-box stores should display computers running Windows 8 software when it goes on sale Friday. The company partnered with Intel to create new displays and to help train thousands of retail employees on the new software. The Wall Street Journal (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barneys slims down Disney characters for the holidays
    Disney characters including Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck have been slimmed down and stretched out to look their best in Dolce & Gabbana and Alber Ebaz in a holiday campaign for Barneys New York. The "Electric Holiday" campaign includes a 3D film starring the iconic animated characters sporting designer duds. Business Insider (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
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  Retail Trends 
 
  • Supermarkets fight back against organized retail theft
    Safeway and other supermarket chains are ramping up their efforts to fight organized retail theft, which NRF estimates leads to annual losses of between $15 billion and $30 billion. This year, private investigators working for Safeway helped police bust an alleged organized retail theft ring operating in Vancouver, Wash. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Demand drives rise in Thanksgiving Day retail
    More stores than ever are expected to be open for at least part of Thanksgiving Day this year, and 80% will send e-mail marketing messages on the holiday, according to Responsys. Retailers began opening stores on the day two years ago, and quickly came to realize there was big demand, said Responsys research director Chad White. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
6 Best Practices to Continuous Planning Success
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  Retail Technology 
 
C-tailing™ is here. The future is now. Are you ready?
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  NRF News 
  • Best practices to maximize holiday marketing potential in 2012
    The winter holiday selling season is quickly approaching, and there are plenty of merchandising opportunities for multichannel retailers to prepare for before Thanksgiving and CyberMonday hits. NRF and Shop.org members are invited to join e-commerce executives from Harry & David and Sport Chalet on Oct. 24 for a webinar exploring key findings from the 2012 Shop.org Holiday Strategy and Planning Guide, as well as important marketing lessons and consumer insights to ensure digital retailers make the most of their marketing investments this year. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

 
  • App or mobile site? A retailer's definitive guide to m-commerce success
    A key driver of mobile shopping is convenience and ease of use, and there is no better way to achieve this than a well-executed mobile strategy. In an addition to the NRF Retail Reference Center, mobile solutions provider 5th Finger explains the mobile purchase process for consumers and dissects how some of the world's leading retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Gap are leading the pack in this space. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • McDonald's to stress lower prices as sales slow
    McDonald's reported slower-than-expected sales in the third quarter amid the sluggish global economy, a trend the chain will try to reverse with a return to its low-price roots. The chain aims to bring back customers by emphasizing its Dollar Menu, while still encouraging customers to trade up to premium items including Angus beef burgers and chicken sandwiches, CEO Don Thompson said. BurgerBusiness.com (10/19), The Wall Street Journal (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
The Divisional Merchandise Manager - Ladies Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Director of Merchandising - Factory HouseUnder ArmourBaltimore, MD
Retail Associate Merchandise ManagerHallmarkKansas City, MO
Advertising ManagerREIKent, WA
Sr. IT Internal AuditorPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Selling Manager - HandbagsSaks Fifth AvenuePalm Beach Gardens, FL
Channel Sales and Business DevelopmentSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
Sales Director - East CoastSLI SystemsNew York/New Jersey, NY
Market Development RepresentativeSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
SALES SUPPORT TEAM MANAGERSaks Fifth AvenueBirmingham, AL
Selling Manager - Women's ShoesSaks Fifth AvenueAtlanta, GA
Sr. Food Buyer99¢ Only Stores Los Angeles, CA
Sr. General Merchandise Buyer 99¢ Only StoresLos Angeles, CA
Selling Manager - Men'sSaks Fifth AvenueShort Hills, NJ
Corporate Saks Fifth Avenue Recruiting ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueMiami, FL
Associate BuyerFloor and Decor Smyrna, GA
RECRUITING MANAGERSaks Fifth AvenueBoca Raton, FL
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  SmartQuote 
The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future."
--John Maynard Keynes,
British economist


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